E. L. Moore's Molasses Mine is one of life's conundrums. I'll never understand what they were thinking at AHM that made them decide to immortalize it in a kit. Although, I'm glad they did.
Martin sent me this photo of IHC's boxing. You can see they've taken all the fun out of it. At least when AHM reboxed the thing it became the Kaboom Powder Factory, which is certainly keeping to the Moorian spirit of the model. IHC stripped the life out of it by drearily renaming it Chemical Processing Plant, and adding an equally bland company name in brackets, American Reagent Company, in case there was any residual fun left. If, dear reader, you are the one who now owns the molds to this classic product, I beseech you to consider the name Cousin Cal's Chemicals as a starting point for any new releases :-)
And if that wasn't enough they slapped on some rather crudely made signs to emphasize the kit's brave new reality. Over there is the kit's sign sheet. My inner word-nerd gags at the 'No Trespass' sign, and the word DANGER written in green type - talk about mixed messages.
And don't get me started on those box-top colours. They're enough to dangerously mix up my digester :-)